Sunday, January 25, 2015

Encounters with the Common Kingfisher

The Common Kingfisher is, in my opinion, anything but common! I see its cousin, the White Throated Kingfisher, almost all the time, at home, as well as on my travels, but it took me a trip to the Satpura National Park to see the Common Kingfisher for the very first time! And then again, we didnt see it in the sanctuary, but spotted it while waiting for a boat to take us there! 


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Memorable Moments from the Satpura National Park


“Will we see a tiger?” was the first question Samhith asked, when I told him we were going to the Satpura National Park in Madhya Pradesh. “No”, I replied. “We might not see a tiger, and in fact, we aren’t looking for one. We are going to see the forest, and experience what this particular one is like.” It was quite a lecture, and I don’t think he really got it, but he did come along, I am sure, hoping secretly that we would indeed see one! Well, to cut a long story short, the tiger stayed well hidden, but the forest left us with enough memories to last a while… Let me share with you, some special moments…

Friday, January 23, 2015

Skywatch Friday - Sunset at Sirpur

It's been a while since I have posted anything for Skywatch Friday, so here is something from my most recent trip, to Sirpur, in Chhattisgarh. We were walking over the remnants of one of the oldest marketplaces in the world, when the sun began to go down. We had to cut short our exploration of the other ancient monuments of Sirpur, and head back. The light was already failing, and I was ready to put my camera inside... and then I glimpsed this... the sun setting over one of the many temples in Sirpur...



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sirpur Music and Dance Festival 2015

Music, they say, is a feast for the soul. When music and dance come together across genres, language and region, that too in a place steeped in history, the result is something even greater – a feeling I can only describe as Divine! I had an opportunity to experience such bliss at the recently concluded Sirpur Music and Dance Festival, thanks to an invite from the Chhattisgarh Tourism Board.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Sculpture like none other!

He is over 8 feet tall, and simply seems to take up all the space! We were, to be honest, rather startled, when we first set eyes on him. The reason though, was not his size, but the fact that he seemed to be made up of faces! Wondering what I am talking about? Here, let me show you….



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